GXSA Talk:                Wednesday February 12th

Sue Lewis    -   ‘Round Britain with the Old Gaffers ’

Bonify Map

Not all the boats were old, or even gaff–rigged, yet twenty of them sailed round Britain last summer to celebrate 50 years of the Old Gaffers Association, of which Sue is Secretary. She and her husband Howard sailed their gaff cutter Bonify and had a wonderful time.

This will be a relaxed evening packed with sailing banter and illustrated with excellent photos – something for us all. 

Anyone tried a blindfold dinghy rowing race? ... the OGA always is always full of surprises!

GXSA Talk:                Wednesday February 19th

John and Freda Andrews    -   ‘Butterflies, Bulls and Blarney’

QwyverReturning for a third presentation of Qwyver’s remarkable 6 year sail round the world, John and Freda focus this time on Islands in the North Atlantic, which make a splendid finale to their voyage.

In recognition of their remarkable achievement, they have received The Presidents Cup from the Sadler and Starlight Association and The Seamanship Trophy from the Royal Lymington Yacht Club.

Pico from the harbour at Horta in the Azores

Their talks are wonderfully illustrated, only this time we can think of reaching some of these places in just one summer!

This will be a perfect antidote to our current remonstrations about the jet stream and an excuse for dreaming about next summer’s cruise. By the way, do you recognise the photo or even know the name of the famous yachtsman’s cafe nearby?

GXSA Talk:      Wednesday February 26th - Joe Pearce

‘Through University on a 23ft boat, sailing near and far’

Golden Cloud Joe was a student at Aberystwyth, and tells how he came to spend his student life living on board a small yacht - 'Golden Cloud' a 23ft Falmouth Gypsy which cost a mere £800. He kept the boat at Ynyslas boatyard which is within easy cycling distance of the University.

We shall also hear about his adventurous trip down to his home on the Isle of Wight and a trip to Greenland.

Most of us have fond memories of our student days, yet to have your digs written up in the National Press is a great tale for the grand children and an achievement few can emulate. We just wonder where he found the space to keep all the beer!

Visitors welcome (£5)

Colston Hall 19:45 for 20:15 UTC


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GXSA Talk - Wednesday March 5th

Claudia Myatt - Pierhead Painters

Claudia Myatt Bookmark

Claudia Myatt is best known as a marine artist and book illustrator... but that's not all - she is also a cartoonist, tutor and an historian who is passionate about gaff riggers and the East Coast. She works from her studio in Suffolk adjacent to the stunning river Deben.

She will tell us the story of the 19th century harbour–side artists who earned a living by painting ships portraits when they anchored or moored alongside. These works were then sold to the ship’s captains and officers. 

These paintings are nowadays a key source for maritime historians.

Come along and meet this famous East Coast personality, you'll be inspired.

    Tom Cunliffe

Pilot Cutters Under Sail

Wednesday 8th October @ 8.15pm

The pilot cutters that operated around the coasts of northern Europe until the First World War were amongst the most seaworthy and beautiful craft of their size ever built. The small number that have survived have inspired yacht designers, sailors and traditional craft enthusiasts over the last hundred years. Their speed and close-windedness, their strength and seaworthiness, fused together into a hull and rig of particular elegance, bought them an enviable reputation.

Tom Cunliffe is a renowned yachting journalist, with monthly articles in Yachting Monthly and Practical Boat Owner, and occasional TV series (The Boats that Built Britain, Island Race, Yachting TV ). We are delighted to have him coming to GXSA to tell us about the boats that he is passionate about.

Here is a short extract from Tom's Extensive Website

"I’ve been Mate on a coasting merchant ship and run yachts for gentlemen. I’ve operated charter boats, delivered all sorts of vessels, raced at quite high levels and have been teaching sailing intermittently for thirty-plus years. I became a Yachtmaster Examiner in 1978.

Classics have been my passion and for forty years I owned wooden gaffers.  My wife Roz and I have sailed them all over the Atlantic, from southern Brazil to Iceland and from the Caribbean to Russia, with a number of trips to the US and Canada thrown in. I love traditional craft, but now I’ve finally gone bermudan. I’m happy sailing anything though that does the job properly."